Sunday Cups: Admiring HT boss Connor admits rivals have ‘raised the bar’

Leeds and District Sunday Cup action from Seacroft v Waggon. PIC: Steve Riding
Leeds and District Sunday Cup action from Seacroft v Waggon. PIC: Steve Riding
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HT SPORTS boss Lee Connor has paid tribute to Chapeltown Fforde Grene as the Leeds Combination League rivals prepare for a mouth-watering showdown.

Fforde have made national headlines by progressing to the semi-finals of the FA Sunday Cup but HT themselves have been making stellar progress in the County Sunday Cup. A 5-3 success at Oakenshaw last weekend booked a last four clash with St John Fisher but Connor admits Chapeltown have raised the bar with their efforts in the FA Cup for Sunday sides.

Fforde lead HT by a point in the Leeds Combination League Jubilee Premier title race ahead of this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash at New Farnley and Connor admitted: “We play Chappy on Sunday and they are on fire. They have done amazing in the Carlsberg with mostly away games too against some top sides.”

HT themselves faced a strong outfit in Bradford hosts West Bowling on Sunday but eased into the last four of the County Sunday Cup with doubles from Steve Palfrey and Barry Franklin plus a Graeme Sides strike. Ferrybridge Progressive – the only side to have beaten Chapeltown this term – or Belle Isle WMC will await the winners of HT’s semi-final.

The Leeds FA Sunday District Cup final will be between Whitkirk Wanderers and Seacroft. Whitkirk breezed to a 6-0 win in their semi-finals at New Parnaby with a Kingsley Wetherald hat-trick plus goals from Reece Kay, Ashley Hoddell and Jordan Walker. Seacroft obliged 3-1 at Waggon Athletic with a Liam Gales double and Peter Benn strike.

Millshaw Park Rangers booked their place in the Jubilee Cup final with a 3-1 win at Badri achieved through strikes from Sam Strangeway, Nat Lunn and an own goal. They will play Leodis United who triumphed 2-1 at Seacroft Colts Stallions.